- Telephone 0131 661 6888
- Opening times Mon, Wed–Sun 5.30–11pm; closed Tue.
- Food served Wed– Mon 5.30–11pm; Tue closed.
- Average price £15 (evening meal)
A low-key, off-the-beaten-track, Indian restaurant, offering a varied menu, friendly service and reasonably priced food.
One of the strongest Indian restaurants in the vicinity, Rivage doubles up as a top-quality Indian takeaway. Bookings can be made easily over the phone and staff offer speedy and accurate times for collection (the restaurant has yet to branch out to home delivery). A variety of tandoori standards and inventive specials share top billing, with staple curry accoutrements such as naan breads and pakora executed to such an accomplished standard that they must be amongst the best in the city.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
A wee bit off Leith’s beaten track, Rivage’s unfussy, low-key façade could easily be missed. Inside, neutral walls, exposed brickwork and well-spaced dark-wood tables give centre stage to the tandoor – diners can see the chef in action and appreciate the pleasant aroma drifting through the restaurant. A varied, yet manageable, menu offers a good balance between vegetable, chicken, lamb and seafood dishes, though starters vary in standard. The kareli gosht, lamb shank in a spiced yoghurt sauce, falls off the bone, although the individual components of the dish don’t quite come together. The seafood mooli sees mixed shellfish and pieces of monkfish, cooked in a subtly spiced coconut sauce. While perhaps Rivage doesn’t hit all the high notes it remains popular with couples and larger groups thanks to friendly, yet unobtrusive staff, and reasonable prices.
- High point: Dishes neither oily nor salty
- Low point: The quality and execution of the starters
- Delivery: Free (3-mile radius)
- Private dining: Up to 24 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Indian music
- Capacity: 40
- Largest group: 60
- Open since: 2007
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
- House wine: £12 per bottle
- BYOB: no charge corkage